In matches in the three qualifying rounds and the play-off stage, clubs play two matches against each other on a home-and-away basis. The club which scores the greater aggregate of goals qualifies for the next round, with away goals and then penalties used to determine the winner in the event of a draw.
Group stageThe ten winners in the play-off round ties – five from the best-placed path and five from the champions path – join 22 automatic entrants in the 32-team group stage. The clubs are split into eight groups of four teams, who play home and away against each of their pool opponents between September and December to decide which two teams from each section advance to the first knockout round. The third-place finishers in each group enter the UEFA Europa League round of 32.
Knockout phaseFrom the last 16 until the semi-finals, clubs play two matches against each other on a home-and-away basis with the same rules as the qualifying and play-off rounds applied. In the last 16, group winners play runners-up other than teams from their own pool or nation, while from the quarter-finals on the draw is free.
FinalThe final is decided by a single match, which this season will be played at the Olympiastadion, Berlin on Saturday 6 June 2015.
Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, can be found in the official competition regulations
|2014/15 UEFA Champions League access list|
All information is provisional and subject to final confirmation from UEFA
|Association||League Route||Champions Route||Group stage|
|1||Spain||N4||CH RU (N3)*|
|2||England||N4||CH RU N3|
|3||Germany||N4||CH RU N3|
|34||Bosnia and Herzegovina||CH|
|36||Republic of Ireland||CH|
|42||Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia||CH|
Q1: First qualifying round
Q2: Second qualifying round
Q3: Third qualifying round
PO: Play-off round
TH: The holders
N3: Third-placed side
N4: Fourth-place side
*Position advanced as title holders Real Madrid CF also qualified as Spain N3.
**Liechtenstein do not have a league system and therefore do not supply UEFA Champions League representative(s).